Yalta – Jewel of the Crimean Peninsula

Yalta - Famous for the 1945 Yalta Conference: With its mountain peaks serving as a lovely backdrop, warm and sunny summers, Yalta, the jewel of the Crimean peninsula, became a fashionable health resort in the 19th century. Tsar Nicholas II and other Russian aristocrats brought their families … [Read more...]

Kyiv (or Kiev) – One of Eastern Europe’s Oldest Cities

Kyiv is the Capital of the Ukraine As Well as Its Largest City: Kyiv or Kiev (pronounced Keeve in Ukrainian), the capital of the Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe.  The first thing we learn about the Ukrainian capital is that we've been pronouncing its name incorrectly, … [Read more...]

Odessa – "Pearl of the Black Sea"

Odessa - St. Petersburg of the South: Odessa, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" is the third largest city in Ukraine and the largest city along the Black Sea.  It is the Ukraine's most significant commercial centre. A Brief History of Odessa Odessa's history includes … [Read more...]

Regent’s Canal – Popular for its Boating Holidays

The Regent's Canal is One of London's Best-Kept Secrets: To say that the Regent's Canal is one of the best-kept secrets in London is no exaggeration. I've been travelling to London since the 1990's and yet this year is the first time that I'm visiting this Canal with nearly 200 years of … [Read more...]

Faro – Algarve

The Administrative Capital of the Algarve: Faro has been the administrative capital of the Algarve since 1756. The word Faro comes from Farum which was taken from the last part of the name of a past Moorish governor. When the Moors ruled Faro, they renamed the town in the 11th century after one of … [Read more...]

Faro – Algarve

The Administrative Capital of the Algarve: Faro has been the administrative capital of the Algarve since 1756. The word Faro comes from Farum which was taken from the last part of the name of a past Moorish governor. When the Moors ruled Faro, they renamed the town in the 11th century after one … [Read more...]

Europe’s Biggest Tourist Complex

Vilamoura is Europe's biggest tourist complex: Along the coastal stretch, between Lagos and Faro, is a strip of luxury resorts, villa complexes and high-rise hotels. Vilamoura sits between these two towns and is a key example of the types of rapid tourist developments that have sprung up in the … [Read more...]

The Algarve – Portugal

More than Sun, Sand and Sea: The Algarve is noted for its stretches of beautiful beaches and with 280 days of sunshine in the year, this is one of the favourite holiday destinations for Europeans seeking a beach holiday or just time to chill out.  The Algarve coastline is very varied and along … [Read more...]

Tour Route of Sicily

Suggested Tour Route to see the Best of Sicily Attractions: Tucked away at the foot of Italy, Sicily is nevertheless the largest region of Italy and it is also the third most densely populated. Whilst Sicily has made a lot of headlines in the past due to its fierce mafia connections and … [Read more...]

The Algarve – Europe’s Premier Golfing Destination

Portugal is a well established golfing destination and many golf enthusiasts and professionals come to Portugal on specialist golfing holidays. The Algarve in particular is one of Europe's top golfing regions.  Its mild winter season and the large number of quality championship golf courses make … [Read more...]